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plenty. >> court side seats running you $1800. go, this is "world news." tonight, new arrests in the boston bombing case. three college friends of the younger suspect, accused of hiding important evidence. and what the suspect said about being the bomber. sleep scare. the big jump in emergency room visits, linked to sleeping pills. why women are more at risk. amanda knox. we travel to the scene of the crime, and her final words for all those kids studying abroad every year. and whiz kid. get ready to be amazed and have a lot of fun with an 11-year-old superstar of screen and science. >> don't be afraid to try new things. >> see the invention that dazzled even the president.
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good evening. we begin with the boston bombings and new arrests. three men, college students, friends of the younger brother accused of terror. the three are in custody tonight and the charges, lying to federal agents, obstruction of justice and hiding items, including a backpack brimming with empty fireworks. abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, has the latest on these three new people in this case. >> reporter: the fbi has been suspicious of the friends since the day of the manhunt, when s.w.a.t. teams raided the college campus and agents took two of them into custody on immigration charges. the two, both from kazakhstan, azamat tazhayakov and dias kadyrbayev, had traveled with dzhokhar tsarnaev to new york last year, proudly posing in this snapshot. the third person charged today, a u.s. citizen, robel phillipos, had been a friend since high school. tonight, the fbi says dzhokhar's friends recognized him
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immediately when those surveillance photos of the suspects were made public. >> we consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: and decided to help him by getting rid of potential evidence. a lawyer for one of the teens denied that after a court hearing today. >> immediately we dispute and we'll be looking forward to proving our case in court. >> reporter: but the fbi says one of the teens texted dzhokhar and asked if he was the bomber. "lol," laugh out loud, dzhokhar responded. and then another exchange, "come to my room and take whatever you want." the fbi says the three went to dzhokhar's room that night down this hall, to his third-floor room, number 7341. according to the complaint, they took a backpack containing fireworks with the powder removed, and dzhokhar's laptop computer. that night, there was that violent confrontation with authorities in watertown, and the manhunt for dzhokhar began. it was then, the fbi says, that
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one of the friends went behind their apartment in new bedford and dumped the backpack and fireworks in this dumpster. the dumpster's contents ended up at a landfill where the fbi searched for three days and found what it says were these fireworks that the fbi now alleges the friends tried to hide. the fbi believes the powder from those fireworks was used to make the bombs. there's no indication the three friends knew about the plot in advance. but in a footnote in the complaint filed today, one of the friends says dzhokhar told him a month before the bombing that he, in fact, knew how to make a bomb. >> thank you, brian ross. with the news from the boston bombings tonight. now we turn to the simmering debate over what the u.s. should do about syria. there are reports that the president may be ready to make a bold and controversial move, and arm the rebels. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, tells us the latest. >> reporter: today embattled syrian president, bashar al assad, the man accused of using
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chemical weapons on his own people, made his first public appearance in more than a month, appearing entirely at ease on syrian state tv, touring an electrical plant in damascus. the white house is turning up the heat. >> syria's future cannot include assad. his hands are bathed in blood, the blood of his own people. he has no place in syria's future, and no support from the syrian people. >> reporter: senior u.s. officials say the administration is now considering sending weapons to rebel fighters. they've requested anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. abc news has learned the first non-military aid to rebel fighters arrived in syria yesterday and more is in the pipeline, including body armor, military vehicles and night-vision goggles. sending weapons would be a big escalation and a move that president obama rejected last year out of fear the weapons would end up in the hands of anti-american extremists. no decision has been made yet on sending the weapons, but one
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reason the idea is now under active consideration is that it may be the best of what are all effectively bad ideas. a way to put pressure on syria, without committing any u.s. troops. >> jon, thank you. now breaking news about the attack in benghazi. the fbi posted photos of these three men, saying they were there at the u.s. consulate when it was attacked on september 11th. the fbi asked the public for information about who those men are. they're not identified. four americans died under fire, including ambassador chris stevens. now we turn to the surreal weather across this country. record snow, dramatic temperature swings, 40 degrees in 24 hours. one meteorologist said the weather map looks like something from the twilight zone. and abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is tracking it all. >> reporter: tonight, the roads are a mess around denver.
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power is out after heavy, wet snow took down trees and flooded streets. >> typical spring snow, a lot of moisture, really heavy snow, tough to shovel. >> reporter: denver hit 80 degrees monday. look at that same image today, only 30 degrees with snow. abc's clayton sandell in the middle of that weather whiplash. >> here in colorado, instead of spring green, a whole lot of winter white, enough to shut down some schools and cancel a few dozen flights. in the mountains, one spot got slammed with more than 28 inches of snow. >> may 1st. >> and it's snowing. >> reporter: may 1st and it's snowing, not only in colorado. >> waking up to about eight inches of snow. >> reporter: but in wyoming, and in minnesota too. where there's a night of snow ahead. the plows already out on the road. you might be asking yourself, snow in may? for minneapolis, it's not unheard of. they've had measurable snow as late as may 24th.
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but tonight, as they get more than three inches, that, diane, will break a record for the largest snowfall in one day in may. i think they're going to do it in some places up to a half foot. >> all right, ginger, good to have you with us. we turn from one extreme on the weather to another natural event. we want to show you a wildfire in southern california tonight. about 80 miles from los angeles. some residents evacuated in the town of banning as the fire spread quickly, covering at least 150 acres. at least one home burned, and hundreds of firefighters working to put it out. and we have news tonight about a strong showing in the fragile u.s. economy. the big u.s. automakers -- gm, ford, chrysler -- showing real signs of life. the strongest spring sales in five years. abc's chief business correspondent, rebecca jarvis, tells us which vehicles are selling so fast and why. >> and i'm smiling from ear to
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ear. >> reporter: rich savino is smiling because his all-american ford dealership is having its best year since he opened for business at the height of the great recession in 2008. >> you just feel the volcano about to erupt. we're doing very well. >> reporter: in dealerships across the country from colorado to georgia and new jersey, all said the same thing. americans are buying. >> consumer confidence. chance of losing a job is less. they know they have that paycheck. they're a whole lot more willing to come in and purchase a big item like an automobile. >> reporter: today's bestsellers are the ford fusion and honda accord. but what's really driving all of this -- trucks. the ram pickup, chevy silverado, and the ford f series. that speaks to the housing and construction comeback. and to small business owners like michael who has bought 12 trucks in the last year. >> our business is up, we're growing and replacing older vehicles that are less fuel
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efficient and less reliable. >> reporter: also helping, car loans have never been cheaper. but beware. you pay less each month, but over a longer term. which means you could end up paying as much as four grand more for your car. at this dealership, they're selling five to ten trucks a week, up 74% from last year. but in order for business to keep booming, both here and around the country at dealerships, you need to see housing, the economy, and most importantly, jobs, stay on steady footing and keep improving. and, diane, there are no guarantees on that front. >> on our financial coverage, rebecca jarvis, thank you. and a wake-up call tonight for anyone who takes ambien or the generic version of the sleeping pill. a new report shows a huge jump in emergency room visits and most of them are women. abc's lisa stark with those details tonight. >> reporter: a growing number of those who are popping the
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sleeping pill ambien, or its generic version, zolpidem, are ending up in the emergency room. a new study finds adverse reactions, which can include hallucinations, paranoia, and confusion, sent more than 19,000 people to ers in 2010. a 220 percent increase from 2005. and 2/3 of them were women. >> why more women than men? >> i think we know that women clear the drug from their system more slowly than men. and in fact, the fda recommended a lower dose in women. >> reporter: this sleeping pill has often been in the news for a very dangerous side effect. >> you hit something with your car. >> reporter: sleep driving. i tried a driving test simulation on ambien and found out how scary this is. 30 minutes after taking the drug -- 90 minutes after, i smash into a big rig. at four hours, i think i'm okay. but see this red light? i run right through it.
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the drug's manufacturer says it stands "behind the substantial body of clinical data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of ambien and its 20 years of real-world use." more than half of those who went to the er had mixed the sleeping pill with another drug or alcohol, which can boost side effects. doctors warn that this extremely popular drug must be used carefully. lisa stark, abc news, washington. and still ahead here on "world news," more from amanda knox. we go to that house in italy and show you what we found at the scene of the crime. and her final words to any americans tonight who want to study abroad. we went out and asked people a simple question: how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone
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outraged about the lack of concrete evidence against her. the fact that in the bedroom of the murder, that bloody shoe print, that handprint, the dna found on and inside meredith kercher's body, all belonged to a man with a known criminal record. rudy guede. not one speck of dna in that room from amanda knox. police say she must have cleaned it. >> that's impossible. it's impossible to see dna, much less identify whose dna it is. >> but you also wrote us, you are still puzzled about her strange behavior after the murder. she says she was just off-balance and immature. at the police station, she said she was just stretching, but a female officer testified she did cartwheels. >> i never did a cartwheel. i did do the splits. >> but, again, you can see that this does not look like grief? does not read as grief. >> i think everyone's reaction to something horrible is
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different. >> as for that video we all watched that seemed to show her kissing her boyfriend dozens and dozens of times. we studied that tape. there were three quick kisses. the rest of the time she was staring into space. >> my friend had been murdered. and it could just have easily been me. >> and through all the trials and prison, her family was there. >> your dream for her? >> to come out and be happy and know that she's safe and know that she's loved. >> i think adding on to that is also having the kercher family clearly understand that amanda and raffaele had nothing to do with the loss of their daughter. and having them find closure for themselves. >> and this as a distant memory? >> no. >> i think it -- >> it will never go away. >> i traveled to perugia to the house they all once lived. now inhabited by bangladeshi immigrants, who showed me the
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tiny room of the murder, saying they barely heard of this case. i also talked to some of the thousands of college students there right now, who said, it's just a distant memory, that name, amanda knox. >> so to the 250,000 students who head abroad, what's your advice? >> study abroad. study abroad in italy. just know your rights. be in touch with your family. be careful. >> and amanda knox says she hopes in years to come that she will be finished with this case, have a family of her own. she said she will tell her children to look closely at anything they put on their website, as if it could be used to destroy them. and as we said, amanda knox's book, "waiting to be heard," is on the book shelves now. coming up next here, why the
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and finally tonight, you'll meet someone who is making science really, really fun. 11 years old, she has her own show on the web. more than a million views and she just showed her latest invention to the president. so who is this super awesome, whiz kid? here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: she's a pint-sized problem solver with a big personality. ♪ >> reporter: host of her own show on youtube. do-it-yourself science projects for kids. >> on this episode we'll teach you how to clone your own toys. >> reporter: more than 1.5 million views so far. >> how old are you? >> i'm 11. >> reporter: not bad for 11. >> thank you. >> reporter: sylvia todd's show is very much a family production. >> me and my dad put together the scripts. he's the guy behind the camera. >> reporter: at a time when the
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u.s. lags far behind other countries in science education, especially for girls, she's a role model. >> i've gotten e-mails and tweets from kids and parents. i've gotten some teachers who are like, i've showed your show in class, it's very good. >> reporter: last week she was invited to take part in the white house science fair. >> what do we have here? >> this is the water color robot. it paints with water colors. >> reporter: the president seemed impressed by her water color robot. >> you did a great job. >> reporter: and her school friends were impressed by that. >> do they treat you differently now that you're a celebrity? >> well, sort of. my friends are still my friends. i still act the way i did before i met the president. i'm not all, like, "aah." >> reporter: now i have three daughters who are younger than you. i would be delighted if they grew up to be like you. >> aaw, thanks. >> reporter: she says when she grows up, she wants to be an astronaut. >> that's all for this episode. >> reporter: already she's a science star. >> get out there and make something!
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>> reporter: david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> so great for girls to watch. she says she spends hours thinking of her ideas for her online show, but it only costs $100 and all that inspiration and fun. >> thanks so much for watching us tonight. we're always working for you at and "nightline" will be here later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern, and we will see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight. tonight the bay earmarks may day in a big way. taking you live to all major demonstrations happening now around the bay area. >> all of california is on fire watch tonight. what is being done to fight the flames now erupting on both ends of the state. >> red flag warning for the bay area extended until noon.
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i'll give you a look for fire danger. >> a lab is greener fuel for cars. one thing in the way of getting it into your tank. >> sky 7 above a huge may day march through the streets of san jose. good evening, everyone. >> san jose san francisco and elsewhere, demonstrations have become a may day tradition. this is the big may day march that took place on the streets of los angeles. we have team coverage for you tonight. abc 7 news reporters nick nij and leslie brinkley are all live. let's go to sky 7 hd, live over a big rally at the civic
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center in san francisco. jonathan bloom begins our coverage using cell 7 technology. >> well, dan, you know the demonstration here at civic center plaza is kind of starting to break up at this point in time. we just heard a performance from a drum core, there are marching bands and speakers in english and spanish. speaking out on this day mai day about the fight for immigrant fights and fight for workers rights. representatives of several labor unions including fdiu. >> at issue was a bill on n.committee that could overhaul immigration laws. and we're looking at video. you can see a lot of people gathering here in san francisco civic center plaza it's a fraction of what we saw just hours ago. after the march from 24th and mission streets made rits l.res
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